Science Museum podcast intro by Jobina Tinnemans
The Science Museum London
kindly invited me to co-curate the “Oramics to Electronica” exhibition about pioneering electronic music instruments, amongst several more contemporary artists and specialists.
Former BBC Radiophonic workshop members Roger Limb, Dick Mills, Steve Marshall, Brian Hodgson and EMS Studio members Peter Zinovieff plus Alan Sutcliffe, all first-hand witnesses of this era so crucial to electronic music development and the entire sound production of nowadays, were also asked for their curatorial advice. Below is a Vimeo of the project.
“Oramics to Electronica” was suitably opened by Brian Eno in October 2011, read about it in PRS M-magazine, and the exhibition ran till 2015. For the Science Museum podcasts accompanying the show, I composed the in- and outtro jingles featuring recordings of the EMS VCS-3 and ARP 2500.
posted 27 January, 2015
Thinking back with a smile about finding myself in a passionate conversation about reel tape with especially Brian Hodgson and more members of the original Radiophonic Workshop and EMS in the Science Museum storage rooms about three years ago; both of us recalling enthusiastically trying to splice in a barbaric fashion, drill sacrilegious nail holes into the magnetic tape just to see whether these appalling engineering techniques would generate any very analogue sound effects.
Such an inspiring moment when some individuals, who had exclusive access to these at the time very expensive innovative tools in a prestigious environment such as the Radiophonic Workshop in the early days of electronic music and reel tape machines, meet other individuals at the énd of the life-cycle of this same particular equipment, yet in this era fishing it out of a smelly skip adjacent to their half burned-down squat somewhere in the mid-nineties when the digital revolution started to take over.
…and all meet on the same sonic grounds.
For that small moment in time, there and then in the storage rooms, 4 decades had seemingly passed unnoticeable.